Designer: Briana Ng
Instantly Feel The Huge Difference Clever Storage Can Make In Your Small Home
BTO or condo, homeowners have a common annoyance to share during gatherings. Especially during housewarmings at a renovated BTO apartment, you often hear someone remark,
“Oh, the HDB where I grew up in could fit a king-sized bed, a cabinet and an additional display cabinet in my own bedroom!”
Now if you’re feeling that new houses are providing you less space for storage, this homeowner faces the same problem as you. Planning the interior for her condo in Floral Drive was a huge challenge for Briana.
With 775 sq ft to live in, she has to make the space comfortable for herself and fit her belongings without creating clutter.
How can you plan for storage that makes your home feel much bigger when you actually paid for a relatively smaller space?
Here’s what Briana did.
Choose A Style That’s Intended For Storage
When you choose a style that gives plenty of storage for your belongings, you’ll find it easier to keep the living space open for walking around without unsightly clutter.
If that’s something you’re looking for, you may consider going with the resort style for your home.
For her first property that she bought to live in, Briana wants to return to a resort style home after spending a whole day at work.
“Living in a resort style home helps me feel relaxed and cozy once I step in through the door.” Briana commented.
Notice that the feature wall in the living room uses cove lighting.
You may want to fill the living room in gentle lighting that resonates with the resort feel.
The ceiling lights don’t shine directly down, so they don’t create any glare when you are curled up on the sofa reading your favorite book. The storage for this home is planned so that they do their job quietly in the background while the owner enjoys the feeling of free space to let her mind rest.
Check out the custom-made storage cabinets in the living room and study.
When you realize the furniture from IKEA doesn’t fit the measurements of your room, you’re going to need customization to bring out the best in your space.
Pick Materials That Can Maximize Storage Space
You will be wise to choose the color palette for your home carefully. After all, the color scheme can make or break the resort feel you are trying to bring out.
Fortunately, it is easier to choose seeing how the doorframe and flooring are brown to begin with. To match this home, the colours grey, black and brown bring home the resort feel.
The storage units use light-coloured laminates matching the color of the wall to be less noticeable.
Resort style homes should be simple and fuss-free to make you feel comfortable. The vibrant colours from Jennings and Arova used in this home make an excellent choice for laminates, giving off a simple and fuss-free feel.
To maximize space, you may want to install no bigger than a super single bed in a room this size, with a clever way to provide storage – a wall-mounted shelf provides storage without taking up any space on the floor.
Where a full TV console will reduce the floor area drastically, this feature wall can accommodate the TV, at the same time hiding wires away.
It does this without taking away precious space to walk about the room that’s been fitted with a queen size bed, staying true to the relaxing resort style.
A shelf for storage is mounted nearer the window, where it won’t obstruct the pathway to start enjoying the comfortable bed.
Tips To Keep In Mind When Maximizing Storage To Free Up More Space
Briana shares three top tips for homeowners moving into a similar space.
1) Plan for storage
Especially true for new BTO or condo owners, you’ll need more storage units than you think. With a smaller apartment, it is all the more crucial to store your belongings so it doesn’t cause obstruction.
2) Consider customized carpentry
When you feel like you’ve used all the storage space you could – cabinets in the study, living room and bedrooms, don’t forget you can still have a storage bench at the foot of your bed! This is useful for anyone who believes that it’s not a good omen to use the space under the bed or headboard.
3) Buy your furniture online from sellers at your own risk
While you can save money buying your storage units online, any accidents arising as a result of using the product will take away your insurance coverage. You can think of buying from PUB licensed sellers at a higher price as buying peace of mind.
With these tips from an excited new homeowner, you now know how to make your small home feel much bigger with the clever use of storage solutions.
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